What is the Soil Remediation Process?

Soil pollution is an ongoing concern, especially when there are so many manufacturing and business practices that can threaten our beautiful planet. Not only is cleaning up soil pollution the right thing to do, but there are often regulations and requirements necessary to manage pollution problems.

The truth is that soil remediation is essential for some of the most significant problems that are threatening the environment. If you need assistance, then it’s important to call an experienced and trusted team for help. 

What is Soil Remediation?

Any time contaminants need to be removed from the soil of a site, it is known as soil remediation. When a company or organization is found guilty of causing pollution or contamination, then there are laws in place to require these companies to fix the problem. However, many companies don’t have the experience or qualifications to complete the project accurately, which is why it often makes sense to bring in a soil remediation service.

Soil remediation is available for projects both large and small. If you have a large-scale construction site that needs to be cleaned up or a more minor issue with leaking chemicals, then our team is here to assist.

There are many common issues affecting the environment. Some of the most common reasons why soil remediation might be necessary include:

  • Oil and Gas Contamination: Even though the oil and gas industries have regulations and safety requirements, this industry is one of the biggest contributors to soil pollution. The contaminants often end up in both the soil and water, requiring soil remediation to clean up the mess.
  • Chemical Spills: There are different reasons chemical spills can occur, such as improper storage of hazardous materials or mistakes during the transportation of these chemicals. Not only do these chemicals pose a threat to the environment, but they can also be dangerous to human health. Soil remediation can be essential to mitigate the impact of chemicals on the environment.
  • Groundwater Contamination: Serious health consequences can occur if the groundwater and/or surface water is tainted. Luckily, soil remediation can be used to ensure that the water is safe for human consumption. 

Remediation is the process of cleaning up these issues to ensure safety in the area.

Types of Soil Remediation

There are many situations that might require soil remediation services. Examples of different types of incidents that can be fixed with soil remediation include:

  • Hazardous chemicals
  • Particulate matter
  • Greenhouse gasses
  • Plastic waste
  • Various forms of trash
  • Radioactive contaminants
  • Oil spills
  • And more

For example, there are different activities that can result in damage to the environment, such as deforestation, drilling, mining, agriculture, chemical processing, manufacturing, and more.

The Soil Remediation Process

Specific steps must be followed to ensure the contaminated area is cleaned efficiently and effectively. The remediation process should be completed by a certified and experienced team, following these steps to complete the project successfully. For example, at Mikula Contracting we work directly with environmental companies in soil remediation projects to handle digging, removal of soil, and loading onto trucks to be taken away from the site. Additionally, we are able to bring in sand, stone, or soil to replace the soil that was removed.

Assessment of the Site

The first step is to evaluate the contaminated area and determine the extent of the problem. Our specialists will identify the contaminants that need to be cleaned up, as well as the location of the contaminants and the anticipated scope of work necessary to complete the project. 

During the site assessment stage, we map the area and take soil and water samples for testing. We need to have a clear picture of the severity of the pollution or contaminants, as well as the strategies and efforts that will be necessary to clean up the site.

Decide on Remediation Methods

Now that we understand the situation, it’s time to plan the specific soil remediation strategies that will be used. We have years of experience in the industry and understand the most appropriate cleanup methods to ensure success when we are finished.

Often, several types of remediation methods are included in the same project. While standalone services can be effective, sometimes it’s necessary to use a combination of services in order to effectively clean up all present pollutants.

Various techniques include dredging, excavation, soil vapor extraction, oxidation, pump and treat, thermal desorption, and nano-remediation.

Part of the planning and strategy is to ensure that proper safety measures are implemented through all stages of the project. Not only is it important to protect the community, but the cleanup crew needs to be as safe as possible. These safety strategies help to reduce the risk of injury and wrongful death. 

Begin Remediation

Now that the plan is finalized, it’s time to move forward with soil remediation. Our specialists get started with the actual cleanup. Rest assured knowing that we take care of every detail, including bringing the necessary equipment, tools, and staff members. We handle everything that needs to happen on the site, as well as any off-site requirements, such as removing contaminated soil and/or bringing clean soil onto the property.

The remediation process often happens in stages, including testing, ongoing evaluations, and more. Every step of the way, we work hand-in-hand with officials to ensure that we are complying with regulations on a local and federal level.

Evaluate Post-Remediation of the Site

Once soil remediation is finished, the project isn’t over yet. Now it’s time to evaluate the effectiveness of the cleanup. We re-examine the site, complete additional testing, and determine whether more remediation services are necessary. 

Additionally, post-remediation conversations should always involve public officials to ensure everything is in compliance with the regulations.

If You Need Your Soil Remediated, Mikula Can Help

For more information about soil remediation, Mikula Contracting is just a call away. Contact our professional team to learn more about all of our services, including soil remediation, water remediation, and more.

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